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Busy Week Awaits Zuffa

Written by Tom Ngo
May 14th, 2012
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After enjoying a brief 10-day hiatus, Zuffa, LLC comes storming back with a vengeance this week. The world’s most prestigious mixed martial arts promotion will be hosting a pair of shows on two different coasts within a 96-hour span.

“UFC on FUEL TV: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier” takes place Tuesday inside Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. The freebie fight card is headlined by a pivotal featherweight affair between Chan Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung and Dustin Poirier.

The UFC’s Facebook page kicks off the festivities by streaming six preliminary bouts live at 5PM ET/2PM PT. FUEL TV broadcasts the main card at 8PM ET/5PM PT.

Strikeforce: Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament Final” picks up the MMA action on Saturday. HP Pavilion in San Jose, California hosts the finals of the company’s 265-pound tournament when Josh Barnett (Pictured) and Daniel Cormier battle it out to win this monstrosity.

A lightweight title tilt between champ Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson will co-headline the shindig.

Showtime Extreme airs the night’s four prelims starting at 8PM ET/PT, while Showtime broadcasts the main card at 10PM ET/PT. Unlike big brother UFC, only fans with access to an east coast feed will be able to watch Strikeforce’s fights live.

These are the athletes competing tomorrow:

Preliminary Card:

(Facebook 5PM ET/2PM PT)

Francisco Rivera vs. Alex Soto

Jeff Curran vs. Johnny Eduardo

Kamal Shalorus vs. Rafael dos Anjos

TJ Grant vs. Carlo Prater

Marcus LeVesseur vs. Cody McKenzie

Dongi Yang vs. Brad Tavares

Main Card:

(FUEL TV 8PM ET/5PM PT)

Tom Lawlor vs. Jason MacDonald

Igor Pokrajac vs. Fabio Maldonado

Jeff Hougland vs. Yves Jabouin

Donald Cerrone vs. Jeremy Stephens

Amir Sadollah vs. Jorge Lopez

Chan Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung vs. Dustin Poirier (Three-Round Fight)

Here is the official roster for Saturday:

Preliminary Card:

(Showtime Extreme 8PM ET/PT)

Quinn Mulhern vs. Yuri Villefort

Gian Villante vs. Derrick Mehmen

Virgil Zwicker vs. Guto Inocente

Isaac Vallie-Flagg vs. JZ Cavalcante

Main Card:

(Showtime 10PM ET/PT)

Chris Spang vs. Nah-Shon Burrell

Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Mike Kyle

Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez (Strikeforce Lightweight Champion)

Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals:

Josh Barnett vs. Daniel Cormier

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